Are bills actions an ethical issue a legal issue or

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choice, the stakes are very high for him. Are Bill's actions an ethical issue, a legal issue, or both? Explain your reasoning. Bill’s actions were both ethically and legally wrong. Ethically Bill was wrong because he was being dishonest and put others in an illegal situation which they either had no idea of it or refused to be a part of it. Bill’s actions were illegal due to the IP addresses he was using without the permission of others. He was also down loading onto disc that I am sure has a copy write on it. Finally, he used the property of the library to perform this act. On top of it all he would face ethical charges as well. What are some of the risks Ahmed faces if he becomes a whistle-blower? What are the risks if he remains silent? Under the Whistle – Blower Protection Act Ahmed could still be terminated frim his job/school and have large amounts in fines to pay for withholding evidence that would lead to illegal misconduct. The Sarbanes – Oxley Act decided to lower the fines on such stakeholders. The goal was to get more employees to report such contact. Congress passed the FSGO in 1991 so that organizations would develop and implement incentive programs to encourage all employees to report misconduct, ethical and illegal. In the event Ahmed chooses not to speak to anyone and keep what Bill is doing to himself he could face large fines, dismissal from school and possibly jail time depending on the extent of the information that he was withholding. Reference
Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J. & Ferrell, L. (2013). Business Ethics: Ethical decision making and cases. (11 th ed.), Mason, OH: Cengage

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